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From: Dave Rolstone
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Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 12:43 PM
Subject: Hans Von Sponeck visits weapon sites.

Iraq visit shows weapon sites 'destroyed'
July 13, 2002 Posted: 0830 GMT

>From CNN's Faris Qasirah

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq said on Friday he 
has seen no evidence that weapons of mass destruction are currently being produced in Iraq.

Hans Von Sponeck, who quit his post in early 2000 to protest against U.N. sanctions against Iraq, 
told CNN he had visited two sites which, according to Western intelligence sources, had resumed the 
production of material for weapons of mass destruction.

Von Sponeck said he first went to the Al-Dora plant on the outskirts of Baghdad, which used to 
produce vaccines for foot-and-mouth disease but was destroyed by U.N. weapons inspectors.

"There is nothing," he said. "It is in the same destroyed status. It is a totally locked up 
institution where there is not one sign of a resumed activity."

The other site was Al-Fallouja, a town 30 minutes west of Baghdad. Von Sponeck said he saw plants 
there producing pesticides, insecticides and material for hygienic purpose in households, on very 
minor scale.

"Most of the buildings are destroyed," he said. "No sign of anything but the manufacture of 
legitimate items, but it is argued that it is another site for the resumption of production of 
weapons of mass destruction."

Von Sponeck said he was concerned about the "power of disinformation becoming stronger and 

Iraq, he suggested, must open up more and be more flexible "to show ... that Iraq is not what the 
United States and Britain allege it to be."

He also called on the United States and Britain not to go ahead with anything based on assumptions 
and conjecture and to "choose the U.N. Secretary-General and Security Council to discuss the 
issues, but not the battlefield."

The visit comes as Iraqi military exiles are meeting in London to look at ways ov overthrowing 
President Saddam Hussein. (Full story)

The main purpose of his current visit, he said, was to "get an update of the situation in Iraq" so 
he can relay it abroad.

Commenting on his controversial resignation from the United Nations, he said he had no regrets and 
that it was the only thing he could have done at the time.

"When you discover you are associated with a policy that makes life worse for people in the long 
run, you can't be associated to that," Von Sponeck said.

Dave Rolstone,
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